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Judges 12

Judges 12

Judges 12 – We all have them in our lives.  They are the most challenging people.  Chronic complainers never see anything good; always go for the worst scenario; they…

Judges 11

Judges 11

Judges 11 – The story of Jephthah is both encouraging and shocking. We read of a man born of a prostitute, driven to be an outcast, became a mighty…

Judges 10

Judges 10

Judges 10 – There’s a phrase used describing a long journey or long period of time.  Sometimes people say, “I’m in this for the long haul”.  To me, there…

Judges 9

Judges 9

Judges 9 – Our personal goals can control our actions. When there is power and position at play, those actions can be reckless. After Gideon destroyed the altar of…

Judges 8

Judges 8

Judges 8 – Warren Wiersbe observes, “Gideon’s choosing to avenge himself could have been the beginning of his backsliding.” Gideon’s story continues with interesting events that follow after the…

Judges 7

Judges 7

Judges 7 – “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 Size matters.  We tend to look at numbers…

Judges 6

Judges 6

Judges 6 – The pattern continues.  “Again Israel did evil in the eyes of the Lord…”  Once again they would need to hit rock bottom before they would cry…

Judges 5

Judges 5

Judges 5 – Leadership is a gift.  Wise leadership can be rare.  The role of leadership within any sphere of life is important.  When leadership is undertaking the work…

Judges 4

Judges 4

Judges 4 – Oh the cycle continues.  The people were blessed and delivered, their hearts grew cold to God.  They did evil in His sight; they endured oppression. God…

Judges 3

Judges 3

Judges 3 – “The Spirit of the Lord came upon him…” Judges 3:10 This phrase is simply a powerful reminder of the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon…

Judges 2

Judges 2

Judges 2 – The stage is set. The unraveling of Israel is about to take place as leaders would rise and lead people forward.  When the leader passed, the…

Judges 1

Judges 1

Judges 1 – What began under Moses would be carried by his successor Joshua.  The land of Canaan would become the land of the Israelites.  The book of Judges…

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2

2 Thessalonians 2 – Lawlessness – contrary or without regard for the law; unruly, unrestrained. The word is found in both the Old and New Testament but…

Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1

1 Thessalonians 1 – It was the capital city of Macedonia. Thessalonica was one of the largest and most important thoroughfares on the Roman highway. From Rome…

Jude 1

Jude 1

Jude 1 – He grew up in the household of Jesus. He knew him through and through. His brother James would eventually become the leader of the early church….

3 John 1

3 John 1

3 John 1 – Paul calls it a gift. Hospitality is right up there as one of the giftsthe Spirit gives out to Believer’s. EveryFollower has at…

2 John 1

2 John 1

2 John 1 – 2 words – spoken often and used quite a bit in today’s age but seldom practiced: Truth and Love. Almost like an endangered species,…

1 John 5

1 John 5

1 John 5 – “You guys teach too much on obedience.” The words hung in the air. “It’s all I hear week after week, ‘We must be obedient…

1 John 4

1 John 4

1 John 4 – I remember the meeting well. Almost 20 years ago a woman whom I did not know called and said she had a word…

1 John 3

1 John 3

1 John 3 – My goodness, this chapter is chock full of so many incredible truths. Statement after statement rings out about the love of God through…

1 John 2

1 John 2

1 John 2 – Sin is inevitable. It afflicts us over and over again. Yet this is not a license to simply let it have its way. We…

1 John 1

1 John 1

1 John 1 – He had walked with Him. He was known as the ‘one Jesus loved’. A part of the inner circle of 3, John was…

Job 42

Job 42

Job 42 – We live in a fallen world.Believers andunbelievers are both inundated with the consequences of sin. Our God is not indifferent;Hes not uncaring…

Job 41

Job 41

Job 41 – Job 40 spoke of a Behemoth. A large unusual animal that does not exist today. The discussion on this animal is wide ranging as to what…

Job 40

Job 40

Job 40 – Weve probably all done it. Things didnt go well. We didnt get our way. We lost the promotion. The sickness led to death. Finances turned downward….

Job 39

Job 39

Job 39 – Its almost like Dr. Doolittle, the old story originally written in the 1920s who as most of us remember, talked to the animals. Here God, begins…

Job 38

Job 38

Job 38 – Finally… God speaks! For 35 chapters, God has been absent from the story. Oh yes, Job and his friends spoke of Him, but He did not…

Job 37

Job 37

Job 37 – For 37 chapters God allowed the storm to rage against Job. From the opening, as the curtains beyond our world into the heavenlies were cracked to…

Job 36

Job 36

Job 36 – Commentators point out there is a shift in Elihus words toward the end of this chapter. Yes, its possible hes running out of steam but there…

Job 35

Job 35

Job 35 – Paul and Silas sat in the heart of the dark damp prison. They had arrived at Philippi and immediately gone to the river to meet with…

Job 34

Job 34

Job 34 – Weve heard the saying “You reap what you sow.” To state it another way in well known verse, “What goes around, comes around.” Paul wrote in…

Job 33

Job 33

Job 33 – Elihu jumps in with full steam. Hes less formal than the others, even callingJob by name. We see coming through his words moments of sheer pride…

Job 32

Job 32

Job 32 – Jobs 3 friends have gone silent. It almost appears to have grown to a face off on the matter. Convinced he had some hidden sin and…

Job 31

Job 31

Job 31 – In what is the lengthiest response of Job yet, he declares his innocence hitting aspects of human nature and desire. Boldly he tells of how hes…

Job 30

Job 30

Job 30 – The emotional pain and rawness of Job is on full display. As he walked back into his past and what life had been like, he turns…

Job 29

Job 29

Job 29 – In remembrance of days gone by, Job revisits how life used to be. These were the glory days for him. From his words, it appears he…

Job 28

Job 28

Job 28 – In such beautiful words and excellent thought, Job paints the earth as a treasure trove of riches and wonder if they are willing to dig for…

Job 27

Job 27

Job 27 – In an interesting discourse, Jobmaintains his innocence while pleading with God. Throughout his responses back to these men and his thoughts made known, he has stated…

Job 26

Job 26

Job 26 – From the moment Jobs 3 friends opened their mouths, it was like a broken record. They said the same thing over and over. Its either they…

Job 25

Job 25

Job 25 – Sometimes theres nothing left to say. Sometimes conversations come to an impasse, a screaming halt. It seems the 3 friends of Job have done just that….

Job 24

Job 24

Job 24 – Weve all been there. We look upon those who are wicked, the people who seemingly get away with complete defiance to the ways of God; we…

Job 23

Job 23

Job 23 – In the book of Deuteronomy God is first called a Consuming Fire.” The book of Hebrews reiterates this phrase. Consider the phrase a moment – theres…

Job 22

Job 22

Job 22 – The third and final round begins between Job and his friends. The first cycle his friends spoke in generalities, without making their doctrine specifically to Job…

Job 21

Job 21

Job 21 – Suffering reveals many things to us. It pulls back the reality of where our trust is. It shows how we cope. It breaks down and drives…